Winter is here and, while the days are still short and the weather not quite warm enough for the beach, it is the perfect time to explore Valencia’s cultural offer. Many museums in the city bring their best exhibitions at this time of the year and most are free with the Valencia Card, which also includes free transport throughout the city so you can cover them all in just a few days.
You don’t need to be a culture vulture to enjoy beautiful art and design, which may be found in the open air, or even in food or clothes. Everybody can find something they like in the diverse cultural proposals Valencia has for this winter:
- Echoes of Memory on the Turia Gardens. The former Turia riverbed is a favourite place for a winter walk, and this year it brings some additional surprises. This green space, in particular the area close to the City of Arts and Sciences, has been transformed into an open air museum this winter with special sculptures by Belgian artist Bob Verschueren. “Echoes of Memory” celebrates the history of the river and its relationship with the city through a multi-sensorial experience, running until the end of February 2017.
- Tapas: Spanish design for food. Spanish chefs are more and more creative every time and some of their simplest dishes – the tapas – can be true works of art (as well as delicious!) Find out more about how design is applied to gastronomy at a special exhibition at the Centro del Carmen, open until 22 January.
- Design and tradition in Valencian clothing. Nothing represents the Valencian identity like the traditional costumes worn by thousands of local girls and boys during festivals like the Fallas. Now, at this exhibition at the Museum of Ethnology, you can find out more about the history of Valencian traditional clothing and how it has evolved since the 19th century, with many beautiful examples on display.
- An immersion in Zen art. Lovers of Japanese art shouldn’t miss Massao Okinaka’s exhibition at the Valencian Museum of the Enlightment and Modernity, running until 8 January. An impressive collection of paintings, prints and carvings will transport visitors to the floating worlds so typical of the Zen philosophy.
- The best of Valencian art. Last, but not least, there are several opportunities to enjoy exhibitions by less well known Valencian artists such as Ignacio Piñazo and the group known as Equipo Cronica.
Five exhibitions commemorate Piñazo’s centenary and his legacy. The Fundacion Bancaja and the Valencian Museum of Fine Arts, have put together a collection of his most representative works on display at the Fundación Bancaja until 8 January. The Museum of Fine Arts also has its own Piñazo exhibition until 5 February. TheAlmudin hosts a special exhibition of his nude paintings also until 8 January, whilst the Ceramics Museum will be showing more unusual drawings and paintings until 2 April, and the IVAM offers a collection of his most avant-garde works until 17 September.
Finally, until 8 January, the Centro Cultural Bancaja will also be exhibiting 165 paintings by the three Valencian artists that formed the Equipo Cronica in 1964, taking visitors back in time to the 60s, 70s and 80s.